iSH Shell

Last modified
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Description of App

iSH Shell is a Linux emulator for IOS with a terminal interface for using the Linux command line. It comes with many commands and programs including cp, mv, rm, more, grep, sed, ls, cd, and cat, and has the ability to install many other programs from Alpine Linux packages.



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support


iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

This app is very accessible. The terminal output is very easy to read with speech or with a braille display, and even lets you easily navigate line by line since the output is not read as one item by VoiceOver. Also, after a command is entered, VoiceOver immediately reads the output. However, when using a braille display, you cannot type in contracted braille, and sometimes it is necessary to go to the bottom of the screen for VoiceOver to read updates to the output. In addition, you cannot edit the command you are entering using the regular VoiceOver editing commands and gestures, but must use either the arrow keys on a Bluetooth keyboard or the arrow controls on the bottom of the screen to navigate by character.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, but the interface could be easier to navigate and use.

Other Comments

In addition to being useful for other things, this app is the best IOS SSH client I have found. Although it does not come with an SSH client, you can install OpenSSH, and have a free and completely accessible SSH client with all the features of OpenSSH on Linux.

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